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Saturday, September 29, 2018

The Legend addresses ComicsGate

The Legend Chuck Dixon addresses the recent ComicsGate controversy in a considerably different manner than most of his fellow "professionals":
“It’s not about stopping anybody from doing anything. You are free to do whatever comics you want. We’ll leave you alone to do your comics, and you leave us alone to do our comics. It’s really as simple as that. And the comics aren’t about everyone else’s comics. They're just our comics.”

Dixon would hammer his point home:

“I guess because of the reaction to Comicsgate, we are put in the position of being anti-authoritarian, which is fine with me because I am anti-authoritarian anyway. I’ve never liked anyone telling me what to do creatively especially on creator owned projects. It’s my work. I’m going to do whatever I want. And I apologize to no one. These false associations they make with white supremacy, bigotry and homophobia. These are all just catch phrases they use to silence anybody who doesn’t agree with them. What’s silly is, it’s not about not agreeing with them. It’s about doing our own work. Is it a reaction to the market and what’s going on? Yes, it is. We aren’t out to censor or ban anyone, we are just offering an alternative.”
That's really the point. We'll do what we want to do. The SJWs at the converged comics publishers will continue to do what they want to do. And may the readers read and support whatever it is they prefer to read and support.

And in the event there happen to be sane and talented individuals working with those SJW-converged companies who are not being permitted to do whatever it is they want to do for whatever reason, well, that's exactly what Dark Legion is for.

Chuck Dixon's Avalon #2: Rulebreaker, is currently available from Arkhaven Comics in Kindle and Kindle Unlimited digital editions. It will be available in print next week.

I thought this comment at Bounding Into Comics was a positive indicator that some readers are beginning to simply judge Arkhaven's comics on their various merits rather than their genesis.
Dixon is a class act. His Arkhaven comics are great.... I could give less of a shit about Vox Day or his politics, but his comics are good, they come out regularly (unlike all this indiegogo shit being late) and they are 3 dollars mostly, a few longer ones are 8. Not to mention they are entertaining. Misconception people have is "Alt-Hero" means "Alt-Right" but that is only if you are an EVS drone, it refers to the word "Alternative" which some comic readers may actually have the vocabulary to understand it. I read its first 4 issues and its light on the politics unless you call Antifa a force for good.
I do find it interesting that literally no one has ever bothered to ask me what "Alt★Hero" stands for. Everyone has always just assumed that it must have something to do with the "Alt Right". But it doesn't, it didn't, and it never has. I have always intended the Alt★Heroes to be an alternative to the outdated heroes of Marvel and DC, not to the neocons and the American conservative movement.

And as our readers know, Arkhaven's Alt★Heroes espouse a very broad range of ideologies, from the bureaucratic globalism of Captain Europa to the hard nationalism of Michael Martel and the imperialistic communism of the Gods of Peaceful Sleep.


UPDATE: Meanwhile it looks like at least one SJW in comics may discover that interfering with the business relationships of one's competitors is unwise.
Diversity & Comics YouTuber Richard Meyer has launched a civil suit against comic book writer Mark Waid. Filed on the 19th of September with the United States District Court in Austin, it claims ‘tortious interference with contract and defamation’. Meyer is represented by lawyers Daniel H Byrne and Dale L Roberts, of the legal firm Fritz, Byrne, Head & Gilstrap of Austin, Texas. Mark Waid is being represented by Mark S. Zaid, who is the founding partner of his own firm.
Antarctic Press claims their decision to cancel their publishing contract with Meyer was not related to Mark Waid's efforts to convince them to do so, but then, confirming or refuting such claims is exactly what discovery is for. What I find interesting is that Marvel appears to have Waid's back here, given the high-powered, politically connected nature of his lawyer.

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37 Comments:

Blogger David The Good September 29, 2018 6:33 PM  

That was a great statement.

Blogger Balkan Yankee September 29, 2018 6:40 PM  

Fuck yeah!

Blogger Dave September 29, 2018 7:02 PM  

Ha, had just read that comment posted at BIC.

Another excellent point made is Arkhaven comics: "come out regularly (unlike all this indiegogo shit being late) and they are 3 dollars"

Blogger JACIII September 29, 2018 7:21 PM  

Winning!

Blogger Eduardo September 29, 2018 7:36 PM  

You know, I never thought Alt just meant alternative, if you had placed a subtitle "The alternative to DC/Marvel", it might have been easier to guess. Maybe if the name was Crtl+Alt+Hero, people would actually ask those sort of questions XD.

Actually, it is sort of funny how Vox is pretty calm cool and collected even after this brainfart of a storm that was EV$ fandom attack... almost unhuman.

Vox sit here in front of this contraption please...

Reaction time is a factor in this, so please pay attention:

You are in a desert, walking along in the sand and you look down. You see a Tortoise, you flip the tortoise on it's back and you realise it has the face of Ethan Van Sciver, as Ethan is baking under the hot sun, you do nothing but laugh.

You walk a few steps forward and you step over what seems to be a little frog, you look at the sole of your boot and realise you just killed... A Cyberfrog, you laugh maniacly.

You are sitting over a pyramid of skulls...

Blogger MichaelJMaier September 29, 2018 7:39 PM  

I love Chuck. Best work on the Batman books ever. He wrote those characters better than anyone.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan September 29, 2018 7:42 PM  

Well said Chuck

Blogger Taqiyyotomist September 29, 2018 8:32 PM  

"I've been calm. I've been cool. I've never been collected."
--George Carlin.

Blogger Silly but True September 29, 2018 8:35 PM  

Chuck Dixon is the bane of their existence. He will break the back of authoritarians in the failing Big 2.

Blogger Taqiyyotomist September 29, 2018 8:35 PM  

Eduardo wins the thread.

Blogger VD September 29, 2018 8:45 PM  

Maybe if the name was Crtl+Alt+Hero, people would actually ask those sort of questions XD.

No, they won't. I prefer to direct the lines of their attacks anyhow. They're always going to attack you, so you might as well hand them a path that you know will prove harmless.

Blogger CYGNUS FACETIOUS September 29, 2018 8:54 PM  

"It’s my work. I’m going to do whatever I want. And I apologize to no one. These false associations they make with white supremacy, bigotry and homophobia. These are all just catch phrases they use to silence anybody who doesn’t agree with them."

The catch phrases in the mealy mouth of 2VS & company do not suddenly change. This interview was a great, subtle negg on him and the collateral damage involved in the imprint lynch mob nonsense. Would be curious if any of the crowd fund 'vetted' CG titles he worked on enjoyed a Streissand Effect bump as well; even more curious how Ben Hennessy privately viewed this, along with the Trump Space Force guys.


Eduardo wrote:

You are sitting over a pyramid of skulls...


Dark Replicant Lord confirmed.

Blogger Quilp September 29, 2018 8:55 PM  

"I have always intended the Alt★Heroes to be an alternative to the outdated heroes of Marvel and DC, not to the neocons and the American conservative movement."

I never would have guessed anyone would think otherwise. I find it hard sometimes to tune into their level of self centeredness, where everything must be a reaction to something they have done.

Blogger Balkan Yankee September 29, 2018 9:24 PM  

Mark Zaid is a comics fanatic.

https://www.diamondcomics.com/Home/1/1/3/116?articleID=19203

Blogger dienw September 29, 2018 9:36 PM  

OT: Berners-Lee has created a new version of the Web called SOLID.
SOLID

Blogger Tanjil Bren September 29, 2018 9:51 PM  

"I do find it interesting that literally no one has ever bothered to ask me what "Alt★Hero" stands for."

'Alt' was always short for 'alternative' (and I vaguely recall you saying so at the outset, though my recollection might be faulty).
No need to ask.

Blogger Al From Bay Shore September 29, 2018 10:15 PM  

You mofos got me back into comics. Keep publishing please. I am awaiting the print edition of Avalon #2. You know the adage, purchase one to save and one to trade.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine September 29, 2018 11:38 PM  

@dienw.

Hard pass.

https://github.com/solid/community/blob/master/code-of-conduct.md

Blogger Tanjil Bren September 30, 2018 12:39 AM  

Comics or graphic novels, as I explain to my daughters: the art replaces the adjectives; parse the text (and story) accordingly.
As a novelist, there are comics I have read that I think are worthy of tremendous respect.

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit September 30, 2018 12:39 AM  

Castalia House and Infogalactic are cool, but what you and your team are doing with ArkHaven takes it to a whole new level. And I'm grateful.

Blogger Dave September 30, 2018 1:05 AM  

Another take:

https://boundingintocomics.com/2018/09/29/diversity-comics-files-lawsuit-against-mark-waid-after-antarctic-press-dropped-jawbreakers-lost-souls/

Blogger Daniele Grech Pereira September 30, 2018 1:53 AM  

Chuck Dixon sounds like a bad dude. His comics are good too. He may consider me a new fan.

Blogger Franz Lionheart September 30, 2018 5:10 AM  


Mark Zaid is a comics fanatic.


I sporadically engaged in buying comics. I rarely purchased new comics. Candidly, I have little interest in them. I still remain committed to Golden and Silver Age books.

Haha! Isn't everybody? He's got a lot of potential as Alt Hero customer.

Blogger Attila is my bro September 30, 2018 7:00 AM  

>>>As a general rule, comic books from certainly the early 1940s - and the time of World War II - through the late 1950s - when we were witnessing the true paranoia of the Cold War - really did serve as social gauges to the concerns and interests of the American people. When I read or look at a comic from those time periods so long ago, I feel like I am looking through a portal in time, and I find that fascinating. I honestly do not know how it is today, but I get the sense that aside from perhaps specific titles, typically less mainstream, that doesn't really exist anymore. But perhaps five decades from now those who read books from today will feel the same.<<<

It sure looks like he's already an Alt★Hero customer.

Blogger Balkan Yankee September 30, 2018 8:23 AM  

@24: But does Zaid know about the GOLD LOGO editions? Perhaps someone should let him know so he doesn't miss out on future editions.

Blogger peacefulposter September 30, 2018 8:24 AM  

Meyer decided to try and self publish.

Hopefully he'll wake up and go with Dark Legion.

Blogger tz September 30, 2018 9:09 AM  

So far the only thing I've noted as less than perfect in alt-hero is that most powers involve super strength and some kind of invulnerability so it often comes down to fisticuffs. Boxing, not as much even martial arts much less and ice-man v.s. pyro type battle, but I'm only 4 issues in.

The parallel here is in the movie Justice League where everyone else seems to have the superspeed of the Flash.

But two things are the storylines are unexpected and very interesting and even with only hints instead of the full origin stories, the characters are 3 dimensional and deep and unique. You want to know more.

That is one of the things diverstity destroys. DC and Marvel will put in a Latina Lesbian but she will be flat, have no detectable backstory more than a cardboard cutout (I used to be an amazon shipping box), have no complexity, contradictions, fears, hopes, dreams. Even the latina or the lesbian part will be irrelevant except to eat tacos (Nothing about the day of the dead or Our Lady of Guadaloupe) and lurid lesbian sex hookups. And bashing the even flatter white male untervillians.

DC and Marvel have become cartoonish. Alt-Hero should be called Alt-Heros and Alt-Villians where there is subtle, complex conflict - and there is more on the Alt-Sideline characters than an entire Marvel major character story arc.

Blogger VD September 30, 2018 10:22 AM  

Boxing, not as much even martial arts much less and ice-man v.s. pyro type battle, but I'm only 4 issues in.

Actually, there is an amount of real martial arts in AH#4, but it's hard to tell from the artwork. Captain Europa gets Durand with a hook kick disguised as a sidekick that one of our black belts got me with on more than one occasion.

Also, there was the off-camera action in AH#2, where Skycracker and Headshot do their respective things.

Blogger VD September 30, 2018 10:25 AM  

Alt-Hero should be called Alt-Heros and Alt-Villians where there is subtle, complex conflict

NO! Most certainly not. To quote Umberto Eco, who was wagging his finger emphatically in my face at the time, "What makes you think Jorge is the villain? He is NOT the villain! From his perspective, he is the HERO!"

Blogger Blume September 30, 2018 11:40 AM  

Since we are talking Chick Dixon, would it be off topic to ask if you will be releasing trades of Right Ho, Jeeves? I tend to prefer omnibus editions in hard back if I can get them for my comics.

Blogger Starboard September 30, 2018 11:46 AM  

NO! Most certainly not. To quote Umberto Eco, who was wagging his finger emphatically in my face at the time, "What makes you think Jorge is the villain? He is NOT the villain! From his perspective, he is the HERO!”

Hollywood’s recent attempts at this have been abysmal. Dead Pool 2 and Infinity Wars featured villains with severe mental health issues rather than valid opposing goals and attitudes. “They are not so bad. This one was abused as a child and deserves sympathy not destruction. This one just wants to save the overcrowded universe by killing half of the population. He had to kill his daughter to do it, such sacrifice!”

Blogger Mark Seifert September 30, 2018 12:04 PM  

Attila is my bro wrote:>>>As a general rule, comic books from certainly the early 1940s - and the time of World War II - through the late 1950s - when we were witnessing the true paranoia of the Cold War - really did serve as social gauges to the concerns and interests of the American people.

Is this a quote from Zaid? I'm not sure, but regardless... I'm going to disagree with a lot of the politics discussed here, but that is utterly irrelevant in the face of nudging people towards correcting the historical record on such things. Or at least investigating it for yourself.

Zaid knows quite a lot about vintage comics, but he's a little off base here. Particularly DURING the war, the Office of War Information's 'Magazine Section' issued regular and heavy handed 'guidance' as to how many social issues of the times were to be addressed, and this included comics -- AND compliance was tied to paper quota.

When you examine the directives, you will find very many mainstream comics publishers were in lock-step with them on a month to month basis. If you like the comics of that era, perfectly fine by me -- I love them myself. But they were being stage-managed by the government to a much greater degree than people understand.

Blogger Mark Seifert September 30, 2018 1:25 PM  

tz wrote:
DC and Marvel will put in a Latina Lesbian but she will be flat, have no detectable backstory more than a cardboard cutout (I used to be an amazon shipping box), have no complexity, contradictions, fears, hopes, dreams. Even the latina or the lesbian part will be irrelevant except to eat tacos (Nothing about the day of the dead or Our Lady of Guadaloupe) and lurid lesbian sex hookups. And bashing the even flatter white male untervillians.
arc.


You'd like Love & Rockets. Contains complex Latina lesbians with fears, hopes, and dreams.

Blogger Dave September 30, 2018 4:22 PM  

Blume wrote:Since we are talking Chick Dixon, would it be off topic to ask if you will be releasing trades of Right Ho, Jeeves? I tend to prefer omnibus editions in hard back if I can get them for my comics.

They just released Right Ho, Jeeves #5: Gussie at Bay. I believe omnibus is forthcoming after release of #6. Possibly paperback only?

Blogger VD September 30, 2018 6:54 PM  

I believe omnibus is forthcoming after release of #6. Possibly paperback only?

Correct. We'll definitely do paperback, we may do hardcover as well. Depends upon demand. We'll take a poll of the Arkhaven backers.

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit October 01, 2018 2:06 AM  

@35 Excellent!

Can we hope for the same for Rebel Dead Revenge?

Blogger VD October 01, 2018 4:51 AM  

Can we hope for the same for Rebel Dead Revenge?

The graphic novels are in process now.

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